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8 Places to Explore With Dad and the Gear You Need to Bring Along

Some of the best gifts we can give to the people who matter most in our lives is time.


Some of the best gifts we can give to the people who matter most in our lives is time. Either time off for them, time together, or time to do something new. With that in mind, we pulled together a list of great places to take (or send) dad this father’s day, along with some ideas of what he should bring along with him.

Citizen Promaster Aqualand

If dad’s making his way around the world, he’ll need a watch that can keep up. No timepiece is more fitting than the iconic Citizen Promaster Aqualand. This 46mm dive-ready reference gives its wearer a reinvented construction, with features like maximum depth memory, rapid ascent alarm. It also boasts the company’s proprietary Eco-Drive technology, allowing the watch to draw power from literally any light source and remain accurate to the smallest of margins for months or even years of wear. A stainless steel bracelet and 20 bars (666 feet) of water resistance round out this watch’s capabilities to ensure dad will have a reliable timepiece wherever you take him next.

Buy Now: $695

Adidas Outdoor Terrex Free Hiker

Yellowstone, Montana
These hiking shoes feature a Primeknit upper, boost midsole, grippy lugged continental outsole and molded toe and heel-caps for protecting feet from unexpected bumps and roots. All things said — they’re exactly what you’d want to bring along on a trip to Yellowstone for taking on hikes like the North Rim Trail, Mt. Washburn, and plenty more.

Buy Now: $200Visit Yellowstone

Outerknown Apex Trunks

Kauai, Hawaii
Cut from a 4-way stretch recycled polyester fabric that’s bonded, rather than sewn so as to reduce chafing, these board shorts are both incredibly comfortable and built for performance. So if your pop’s idea of some time well spent is a plane trip out to Kauai to spend some time on the water, then you may want to hook him up with these.

Buy Now: $145Visit Kauai

Oliver Peoples Sunglasses

Palm Springs, California
If Palm Springs is meant for anything, it’s for lounging around and relaxing after getting out and exploring in the desert…or after having a few too many just the right amount of cocktails the night before. Help dad do just that in style with these shades. The classic shape was made in Italy from acetate and features green polarized lenses that provide both UVA and UVB protection.

Buy Now: $515Visit Palm Springs

Nike Polo

St. Andrews, Scotland
If spending time across the pond in Scotland golfing sounds like dad’s idea of a great time, consider gifting him a fresh new polo. Made from a synthetic technical fabric but made to look as if it is a classic pique cotton, the shirt is exactly the type you’d want to pack out for a trip around the holes.

Buy Now: $65Visit Saint Andrews

Winston Shorts

The stuff you buy for vacation should be versatile enough to last well past the trip. Athletic shorts like these, for instance, are handsome enough for wearing out on a hot day in a place like Cuba and functional enough to still be used back home when going to the gym or taking the dog out for a walk on those warmer days.

Buy Now: $56Visit Cuba

Chaco Sandals

Todos Santos, Mexico
Are you really on vacation in a place like Todos Santos if you don’t come back with a Chaco sandals tan? Maybe, but if you and your dad are going south of the border for some time off we’d not recommend you risk trying to find out. The delightfully crunchy sandals offer too much comfort, versatility, and packability to allow yourself miss out on.

Buy Now: $105Visit Todos Santos

Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29R Complete Mountain Bike

Breckenridge, Colorado
Have more on your mind than just some R&R with your dad? Pairing a trip somewhere with a new steed is never a bad idea. This particular hardtail from Santa Cruz features big 29-inch wheels, FOX Rhythm Forks, a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain — all designed to make it so he’ll get the most out of the trails.

Buy Now: $2,400Visit Breckenridge

Marmot 3-Season Limelight Tent

Lake Placid, New York
Is your dad the type of guy who spends most of his time out adventuring somewhere? Get him something he’ll use on the regular like this tent from Marmot. The 3-season shelter features a waterproof fly and floor, a mesh canopy for keeping out bugs and wind-resistant DAC Pressfit aluminum poles.

Buy Now: $250Visit Lake Placid

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